Shutout on Homecoming Day by your closest rival in the Empire 8 Conference. What could be worse?
Buffalo State suffered that fate Saturday, falling to conference leader Brockport State, 33-0, at Hoyer Field.
Quarterback Joe Germinerio, a junior from Wynantsville in the Albany area, passed for three touchdown and ran for the other to lead the Golden Eagles to their sixth victory withouot a loss in the Empire 8. The victory clinched at least a tie for the conference title for Brockport.
Brockport built a 24-0 halftime lead and added a safety and Germinerio's 5-yard pass to DaQuan Hubbard, a sophomore Niagara Falls. Germinerio hooked up with Hubbard on a 77-yard play with 1:01 left in the first half. The other Brockport touchdown pass went for 7 yards to Jerry Thompson a senior from Yonkers.
Buffalo State was held to 11 yards rushing . The Bengals' longest gain was 13 yards in 30 attempts. Bengals quarterbacks Kyle Hoppy (5 for 13 for 75 yards) and Kevin Torrillo (6 for 10, 37 yards) were sacked six times. Germinerio completed 18 of 26 for 226 yards.
It was Brockport's second straight victory over the Bengals in the I-90 Bowl after a three-game Buffalo State winning streak in the rivalry.
Buffalo State will play at Hartwick next week.
Erie Community College has relied heavily on the passing of Tyler Zelinski most of the season. Saturday, the Kats turned to their running game, grinding out 244 yards and three rushing touchdowns in a 43-14 victory over Hudson Valley CC in their final home game of the season at West Herr Field in Orchard Park.
Zelinski, who has passed for 12 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards this season, completed only 5 of 16 for 118 yards against Hudson Valley. The Kats got scoring runs from Laqan White, DeWayne Likes, Michael Johnson and Seven Turpin (Cheektowaga) and a 19-yard fumble return by defensive tackle Mark Lanier and a 46-yard interception return fro Quran Brewer (Lew-Port) in winning their second in a row.
Hudson Valley was limited to 91 rushing yards and 209 total yards.
ECC will play at Nassau CC on Saturday before closing the season at Monroe College in New York City the following week.
SOCCER: Sixth-seed Geneseo upset No. 3 Buffalo State, 2-0, at Coyer Field in the quarterfinals of the SUNYAC playoffs with both goals coming inthe second half. Isaac Sanabria scored at 43:17 on a breakaway off a through ball and Nick Keneally one-time a shot off the cross bar from the right wing at 74:18. It ended Buffalo State's school record 15-game unbeaten streak.
Daemen's women's team (8-7-2, 3-5-0 ECC) saw its hopes of earning its first bid to the East Coast Conference tournament end with 3-0 loss to Molloy in Rockville Centre. Freshman Dana Poetzsch scored all three Molloy goals.
Niagara's women defeated Canisius, 4-3, on penalty kicks to advance to the quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Monmouth at 2:15 today in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Selena Mangoni scored the decisive shootout goal for the Purple Eagles after teammates Kelsey Araujo and Naomi Giovino made one each. Shania van Nuland made two saves for the shutout.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: The University at Buffalo men's basketball team took Rhode Island, the defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion to overtime Saturday afternoon before falling, 80-72, in a charity exhibiton game to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. Twenty-eight turnovers and 13 for 31 foul shooting damaged the UB effort.
The Bulls were led by junior college transfer Jeremy Harris, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Nick Perkins had 15 points and freshman James Reese 12. Montee McRae ahd 10 points and led the Bulls with 11 rebounds. Veteran wing player C.J. Massenburg did not play. Jared Terrell led Rhode Island with 24 points.
CROSS COUNTRY: University at Buffalo sophomore Stephanie Ward earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors with her third-place Saturday in the conference run at Miami (Ohio). Ward covered the 6K course in 20 minutes 53.4 seconds. Senior Morgan Mahoney was the next UB finisher, 16th in 21:32.1. UB was fifth in team scoring with 151 points. Eastern Michigan (45) led the team scoring.
On the men's side, UB was sixth with 151 points. Eastern Michigan also won the men's team with 24 points. William Hilbert led UB with an 18th place finish in 25:15.8 over the 8K course.
Senior Jeff Antolos of Canisius earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors as he finished fifth in 25:35.96 for 8K in the conference meet at Holmdel Park in Holmdel, N.J. Sophomore Donny Glavin also made All-MAAC by finishing 10th, helping the Griffs to fourth place in team scoring. Iona won its 27th straight MACC title on the men's side with 15 points.
In the women's race, Siobhan Quinn, a junior, finished third for Canisius. Quinn covered the 6K in 21:52.62. Egle Morenaite of Iona won in 21:20.5. Canisius finished fifth among 11 in the teams with 147 points. Iona, which also had the second-place runner in Sophie Murphy, won with 33 points. Niagara finished 10th with 326 points.
Megan Lee (25:16) finished ninth for Hilbert in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference meet hosted by Hilbert at Evangola State Park. D'Youville finished third, Medaille fourth and Hilbert sixth. Rachel Luczak was 12th to lead D'Youville while Leah Vanson finished 15th for Medaille. In the men's meet, Adam Droz of Hilbert was 14th as the Hawks finished third. David Oswald of D'youville was 17th. Penn State Behrend took both the men's and women's team titles.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: UB women had a dominant performance in their home opener against Toledo, 218-82. UB (2-0) won each of the first seven events. Senior Hannah Miller won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:18.41 and came back to win the 200 freestyle in 1:53.31 and 500 freestyle in 5:02.86.
Freshman Nicole Roitenberg took the 100 backstroke in 56.45 while Grace Baumer won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.02. Freshman Brittany Beetcher captured the 200 butterfly in 2:05.72 while senior Megan Burns continued her dominance in the 50 free, winning in 23.31. Later Burns won the 100 freestyle in 50.43, Roitenberg won the 200 back (2:03.55) and Baumer took the 200 breaststroke (2:20.93). Freshman Olivia Sapio (Orchard Park) took one heat of the 100 fly (55.96) and won the 200 individual medley in 2:06.55. Kelly Moran won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving, edging teammate Olivia Gosselin in each event.